The Horrors of the Atomic Bomb
I think President Truman’s decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong. I understand that many people feel this was the right decision and there was no other way to end war but here are a few reasons why I think the bomb droppings was a mistake. One reason is because the United States didn’t even leave a warning for Japan to get ready or give them a chance to surrender from the world’s harshest war weapon (Primary source packet #2). In another document, Mr. Byrnes’ didn’t agree with the atomic bomb incident because Japan was already defeated and wouldn’t have made it another 6 months (document based questions #2). If the United States would’ve just waited a little longer or use a less harsh method that they knew more about, I bet Japan would’ve gave up and let us win. I also understand the bomb plan was a success in ending the war (Hiroshima: the first city destroyed) but I also know the United States did not predict how badly the effects would be or how destructive the bombs actually were (Primary Source Packet #2). Just because this plot was designed to save American lives and cost (fog of war lesson #5), I think the damages and side effects were much greater than anything that has ever happened in war. In Life: Hiroshima and Nagasaki excerpt, a man spoke about what he saw, “In the following waves [after the initial blast] people’s bodies were terribly squeezed, and then their internal organs ruptured. Then the blast blew the broken bodies at 500 to 1,000 miles per hour through the flaming, rubble-filled air. Practically everybody within a radius of 6,500 feet was killed or seriously injured and all buildings crushed or disemboweled.” This statement made me realize that innocent people died because of Truman’s say and I don’t think this was fair at all. At the least he should’ve warned Japan and the innocent people to get out, surrender, or there will be trouble. Another guy said he could see “miles of crushed,...
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